by Sally Churchward.
Almost £60,000 has been donated to the Southampton Coronavirus Response Fund since it was launched on Friday, but more funds are urgently needed to help fight the deadly disease.
Researchers from the university are currently trialling an inhaled drug that could prevent worsening of COVID19 in those most at risk.
Engineers and medical staff from the university are also testing a prototype of a personal respirator they have developed for frontline healthcare staff tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. If the tests are successful, they hope it will solve the limitations of existing protective equipment doctors and nurses are wearing on the wards.
The University of Southampton is a world leader in respiratory medicine and microbial science, and a proud supporter of its students in times of crisis. From developing potential vaccines to creating innovative support technology, funding additional medical staff, and providing vital assistance to vulnerable students in need, money donated will be supporting a multitude of critical projects.
A statement from the university said: “As the world faces an unprecedented medical, social and financial emergency, universities like Southampton are playing a leading role in tackling the relentless march of the coronavirus. Whilst many of us are confined to our homes, hoping that loved ones stay safe, our academics, medics and support staff are working around the clock to deliver fast, effective solutions to protect more lives.
“We are also going to great lengths to care for the students that remain in our care. A significant number of UK and International students have not been able to return home and we are providing a comprehensive support network to ensure they have the material and emotional help they need to get through this difficult time.
“If you are in a position to help, please know that a gift of any size will make a difference. Our Southampton Coronavirus Response Fund will be used by the University where it is needed most. In this fast-developing situation, we will be keeping you up to date with the continuing impact of your support.”
For more information, and to make a donation, visit giving.southampton.ac.uk/p/SouthamptonCovidResponseFund/